Thursday, May 5, 2011

Osama bin Laden - why was he killed rather than captured?

While conspiracy theories are flourishing these days, I have only two questions:

HOW was bin Laden able to hide for so long?
WHY was he killed rather than captured?

Obviously bin Laden must have been under protection from higher places in Pakistan. The building he was hiding in was not exactly invisible - or looking like a normal residential home - regardless of whether children were payed to play in front of the house or not.  Officials must have closed their eyes and maybe even have participated actively in protecting the hiding place. I wonder if not the military academy only 1 km north of the site played a role in this...
But a greater mystery to me is how (and if!) this hiding place remained unknown to the Americans for several years, even when they almost touched it in 2008?!

None the less, they raided the place and shot him a few days ago, took some samples and dumped his body in the Sea. All within less than 24 hours. And I believe this is actually a true story.
But why kill instead of capture?

Besides the ethical aspects of taking another human being's life, an enemy captured alive must be worth much more than a dead one? Although OBL would probably never answer questions or reveal plans even under torture, would it not be an even stronger manifestation to keep the man imprisoned and alive?

Even though I don't believe in conspiracy theories I am still puzzled and would like to know the answers, but doubt they will ever be given.